1. I would never use a hand tamper on a retaining wall. Always use a power tamper.
2. Add dusting of Slag or Sand, much easier to level brick on instead of crushed concrete.
3. Use the Stone Screed. We use it and jobs are done in, no joke, half the time.
^^definitely, I not only used a power tamper for the wall and the patio but rented a small front end loader to get the materials to my backyard since there was no way for the delivery truck to fit back there. The only thing I did that I regretted was cutting the block that had to be cut with a hammer and chisel, I should have rented a cutter as well.
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base was not wide enough, those cuts with the cutoff saw kept me waiting for someone to lose a foot, he was using an actual hammer on the blocks, not a mallet, but a hammer, i couldnt believe those blocks did not snap in half, and finally, that spacer block they put in the middle. You never throw a piece in that small.
be patient, as soon as we slow down on our film project, the landscaper will be back, we actually have a new host lined up already.